Under supervision from Glasair Aviation, four students, a teacher, and a chaperone from Weyauwega-Fremont High School will spend the next two weeks building the two-seat aircraft.
The team emerged victorious over 76 high school teams tackling aerospace engineering concepts aimed to squeeze the most efficient use of design and power from a Cessna 172SP. Students used their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM) to modify a virtual airplane with software powered by X-Plane.
When the winners were announced in May, judges said they “scored the aircraft based on the payload, the length of the flight, and the amount of fuel burned.”
Contest officials said that in addition to posting high essay grades, Weyauwega was one of two schools to score 1,100 points on the STEM project.
Bunce said, “Building the Sportsman with our Aviation Design Challenge winners is one of the highlights of the year for me personally and for the GAMA staff.”